Can I Really

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

June 1, 2024

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Can I Really

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Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Think

Prayer has always been a struggle for me. It’s not that I don’t want to pray, but often, I find it hard to maintain focus. I catch myself overthinking what to say and how to say it, wrestling with whether my heartfelt requests are even appropriate. To all the fellow overthinkers out there, does this sound familiar? One day, determined to improve, I recalled a Bible verse from my childhood, Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I realized I’d been misinterpreting this promise, focusing too much on the latter part and not enough on truly delighting in the Lord.

I had made prayer more complicated than it needed to be. My approach was so formal and stiff that it felt more like making an emergency call to a distant authority rather than chatting with a loving, attentive God. The key I was missing was the essence of “communication,” which at its heart includes “commune”—to share intimate thoughts and feelings freely. It struck me that consistent communication with God isn’t about grand words but about simple, profound communion with him.

Imagine if you only spoke to a friend when you needed something. That relationship would likely feel transactional and eventually grow distant or even stall. Unfortunately, that’s how my prayer life felt—sparse and utilitarian. But what if enhancing our connection with God could be as simple as engaging more consistently with him throughout our daily activities? Whether brewing coffee, commuting or comforting a child, each moment presents a chance to converse with God.

So, let’s simplify our approach to prayer. It doesn’t need to be burdened with eloquence. Instead, bring your raw, honest thoughts to Jesus. Pray through your tears, share your small worries, celebrate your joys, express your needs, and intercede for others—anytime and anywhere. Each instance is a precious opportunity to connect with God. He delights in us and invites us to communicate with him continuously. Remember, there’s no better time to start praying than right now. So, bring your whole heart to him in prayer; He’s ready to listen, just as you are.

Apply

Use everyday moments to remind you to pray: while you grab your coffee, while you drive to work or school, while you workout. Just talk to God- tell him your concerns and your desires. Just have a conversation with the God who cares about you.

Pray

God, thank you for an open line to talk to you anytime from anywhere. Help me to remember that prayer does not require perfection. Teach me to integrate prayer into my daily life, turning ordinary moments into extraordinary opportunities to connect with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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